Easter Reflections 2014

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The Eve of Pentecost

Because I live, you will live also. (John 14:19)

Friday of the Seventh Week after Easter

Moses showed in the burning bush passage that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." (St. Luke 20:37)

Thursday of the Seventh Week after Easter

Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. (Numbers 17:8)

Wednesday of the Seventh Week after Easter

"Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." (The Small Catechism, Sacrament of the Altar Part 5)

Tuesday of the Seventh Week after Easter

"...love will cover a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8)

Monday of the Seventh Week after Easter

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. (Ezekiel 36:25)

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15:26)

Saturday after the Ascension

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1, from the Introit for Easter 7)

Friday after the Ascension

There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

The Ascension of Our Lord

He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations." (Luke 24:46-47)

Wednesday of the Sixth Week after Easter

These words, along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. (The Small Catechism, Sacrament of the Altar Part 4)

Tuesday of the Sixth Week after Easter

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)

Monday of the Sixth Week after Easter

If a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. (Numbers 21:9)

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me! (Psalm 66:20, from the Introit for Easter 6)

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches. (Luke 13:19)

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Jesus said, "I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3)

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation. (The Small Catechism, Sacrament of the Altar Part 3)

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

"Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls." (James 1:21)

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

"O Lord, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; 'For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.'" (Isaiah 12:1-2)

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. (John 16:15)

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Alleluia! His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. Alleluia! His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. (Psalm 98:1-2, From the Introit for Easter 5)

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2)

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Though He causes grief, Yet He will show compassion According to the multitude of His mercies. (Lamentations 3:32)

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

"Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you...Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." (The Small Catechism, Sacrament of the Altar Part 2)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. (1 Peter 2:13-14)

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. (Isaiah 40:29)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. (John 16:22)

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. (Psalm 66:5, From the Introit for Easter 4)

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

You shall put the holy garments on Aaron, and anoint him and consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest. (Exodus 40:13)

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities--Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance. (Luke 8:2-3)

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

What is the Sacrament of the Altar? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink. (The Small Catechism, Sacrament of the Altar Part 1)

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

[He] Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

Monday of the Third Week of Easter

"I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down," says the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 34:15)

The Third Sunday of Easter

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep." (John 10:11)

Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy. To deliver their soul from death. (Psalm 33:18-19, From the Introit for Easter 3)

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

He said to them, "The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." (Luke 6:5)

St. Philip and St. James, Apostles

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

...punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments. (The Small Catechism, Close of the Commandments)

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

[He came] not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. (1 John 5:6-8, ESV)

Monday of the Second Week of Easter

He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones..." So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. (Ezekiel 37:4, 7)

The Second Sunday of Easter

Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." (John 20:21-23)

Saturday of Easter Week

I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. With honey from the rock I would satisfy you. (Psalm 81:10, 16b, ESV; from the Introit for Easter 2)

St. Mark, Evangelist

He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:15-16)

Thursday of Easter Week

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:56-57)

Wednesday of Easter Week

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Easter Tuesday

He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46-47)

Easter Monday

He said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?" (Luke 24:25-26)